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Butler, Samuel
HUDIBRAS: The First Part: Written in the Time of the Late Wars
London, 1663. Third Pirated Edition. Fair. Offered for sale is the rare third unauthorized edition with an inverted pyramid on the title page with fourteen ornaments in the top row, ESTC, R4516. This copy in what look to be original full leather boards. A Fair to Good copy only, but original and authentic, if unautherized. Complete with first blank, title page, 125 numbered pages and final blank. Signatures, A-H8, complete. With a few previous owner's names and writing on the first blank and a verse on the final blank, written in an early hand. A scarce pirated edition of Butler's masterwork. Modeled after "Don Quixote" the author's bold satire of the English Civil War, 1642 - 1651, was read so voraciously at the time of publication that demand for the work outstripped both authorized and pirated printings. A rare edition in it's original state. Fair.
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books
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